Book Review – The Boy From The Sea by H. L. Macfarlane

First published, 2020

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The story follows twenty-five-year-old Grace as she finishes her PhD and falls in crazed, obsessive love with Irish student, Lir. Grace knows nothing of Lir’s deeply troubled past, nor does she quite understand his devotion to the sea, but her desire for him is sudden and stunning.

When a series of grisly murders shocks the local community on the beautiful, ethereal west coast of Scotland, all Grace can think about is whether or not Lir is safe.

And I was hooked from the start. There are some wonderfully wry observations:

“His head was bent over the lab manual, so I couldn’t see his face, but there was something about the way he held himself that suggested I’d like it.
Which was a weird thing to think about a person.”
From Chapter One, The Boy From The Sea by H. L. Macfarlane

There were very memorable lines all the way through, the characters are well drawn and powerful, and I fully expect this story to stay with me for many years to come. I’ve found a new favourite author.

A must read.